Lars Stindl faced Hannover 96 for the first time since leaving the club for Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 13. - © © imago
Lars Stindl faced Hannover 96 for the first time since leaving the club for Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 13. - © © imago

Stindl: 'We gave everything to win in the closing stages'

Borussia Mönchengladbach were relieved more than anything after scraping a 2-1 win at home to gutsy Hannover 96 on Matchday 13.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Hannover 96

Goals: 1-0 Traore (34’), 1-1 Sobiech (65’), 2-1 Raffael (84’)

Lars Stindl (Gladbach forward): "For me personally, it was a strange feeling stepping out against my old teammates, but I put it to the back of my mind when the game kicked off. Overall it was a tough and tight game. We had big problems getting into the game, but we steadily improved and took a deserved lead. Obviously it was hard for us after conceding after half time, but we gave everything to win it in the closing stages, and fortunately Raffael decided the game in our favour."

Yann Sommer (Gladbach goalkeeper): "It's always a bit tricky getting back into the swing of things after an international break and a number of days without competitive football. In that sense, the three points are even more important. Hannover didn't make things easy for us and played well. They were always dangerous on the counter; at the same time, we weren't as clinical in attack as we have been of late. We didn't give up after being pegged back and just kept going. We created plenty of chances and deserved to win in the end."

Oscar Wendt (Gladbach defender): "It wasn't our best performance and we struggled early on. It was tough for us, but we still managed to create enough chances to score more goals over the course of the game. Seeing how we gave Hannover chances, I'm just happy that we were able to win. That's the most important thing after a game like that, for me. We tried everything late on and scored a winner shortly before the end."

Andre Schubert (Gladbach head coach): "I'm happy with the win because it was a tough one for us. Hannover pushed my team to the limit, defended well, pressed us high up the pitch and generally made life difficult for us. We didn't really find our rhythm because we weren't able to do the things that have served us so well in recent games. Luck was on our side at times, with Hannover missing a few chances, but we fluffed some as well. Still, the team showed immense willpower to win the game."

Michael Frontzeck (Hannover head coach): "I think my team deserve credit given the personnel situation at the moment. For me, it was our best away performance of the season. We created plenty of chances against a really dangerous side that always pose a threat in front of goal. It was no fluke either. I think it was an even game that either side could have won. Unfortunately, we're the ones that lost."